NBC News is reporting that Bush and McCain have reached a deal on Bush’s tribunal law.
President Bush and Republican negotiators led by Sen. John McCain have reached an agreement on legislation covering tribunals for enemy combatant suspects, NBC News has learned.
Details on the deal were not immediately available, but Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it represented “very positive steps forward. Once everyone looks at it, we hope to come to an agreement.” He was meeting with McCain and Sens. Bill Frist and John Warner, according to NBC.
President Bush’s call for legislation has been deadlocked in an intraparty dispute, with Republican Sens. McCain, Graham and John Warner seeking a provision to make it clear that torture of suspects is barred.
Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman said in an e-mail “there was not yet an agreement, but added, “Good trajectory. Stand by for confirmation.””
The Bush administration has recently shifted their tone from “combative to compromising” within the last 48 hours and Bush administration “began talking of a need for an agreement that all sides would be comfortable with.”
The question now has McCain and “the dissident” Republicans caved into Bush’s demands and what will Bush’s signing statement say when the bill is passed and he signs it. Call me skeptical. I don’t trust them.